Our Interlocked Universe: Sociohistorical Network Analysis; Methods, Applications & New Directions


26/03/2024 - 27/03/2024

Organised by:

University of Southampton


Dr Caitlin Burge and Dr Grace Di Méo


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Mrs Penny White
NCRM Centre Manager

or you can contact the conference organisers directly at interlocked.universe@gmail.com


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Hartley Suite
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
University Road


‘Our Interlocked Universe’ is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the methods and applications of social network analysis (SNA) within historical contexts, offering scope to engage with demonstrations – both quantitative and qualitative – of historical SNA in practice alongside methodological discussions around the uses and limitations associated with using SNA in historical research. The event will be structured around themed panels and a keynote speaker. 

Further information can also be found at:



Topics that we anticipate our panels to cover include:

  • Working with network data

  • Network centrality

  • Community detection

  • Network evolution

  • Data visualisation

  • Modelling/simulating networks

  • Combining network analysis with other methodologies (e.g. GIS, linguistics etc.)


By the end of the event participants will:

  • Develop a more rounded understanding of network analysis within historical research
  • Engage with a growing international community of network analysis scholars


Keynote speaker: Professor Ruth Ahnert

Ruth Ahnert is Principal Investigator on the flagship Turing project 'Living With Machines', and a Professor of Literary History and Digital Humanities at Queen Mary University of London. She gained her PhD from the Department of English at the University of Cambridge, but more recently her work has focused on the intersection between literary history and data science. She has held fellowships and grants funded by the AHRC, Stanford Humanities Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment of the Humanities (US). In addition to her Turing-based work she is also Co-I on the AHRC-funded 'Networking the Archives: Assembling and Analysing Early Modern Correspondence'. With Elaine Treharne she is editor of the Stanford University Press book series Stanford Text Technologies.

Conference Organisers: Dr Caitlin Burge and Dr Grace DiMéo

Caitlin Burge is a Co-Principal Investigator with the DHARPA project, currently working to develop software for data orchestration and research documentation in the digital humanities. She has a background in English, History, and Digital Humanities, and current research continues this cross-disciplinary approach, applying digital approaches and methodologies from social and quantitative network analysis to traditional historical queries, primarily in Tudor England. She holds a BA and MA from the University of York, and completed her PhD with Queen Mary, University of London in 2022.

Grace Di Méo is a Lecturer in Criminology at Oxford Brookes University. Her research falls broadly under the fields of historical criminology and social history, in particular focusing on gender, crime and justice in modern Britain. She is also interested in the application of computational methods to the study of criminal history, with one of her latest projects using social network analysis to examine twentieth-century organised crime networks. Prior to her position at Brookes, Grace undertook a PhD in History at the University of Bristol and held roles in Digital History/Digital Humanities at the universities of Luxembourg and Southampton.


Fees for the conference are £20 for ECRs and PGRs and £35 for mid- to late-stage career participants. Fees include conference materials and refreshments (including lunch vouchers and tea & coffee breaks). Fees do not include travel and accommodation costs. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the conference fee is available up to two weeks prior to the event. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run the conference due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel it at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. Every effort will be made to reschedule the conference, but if this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the conference fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of the conference, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton's Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

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Digital Social Research, Mixing qualitative and quantitative approaches, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research, Data Collection, Data Management , Quality in Qualitative Research, Quality in Quantitative Research, Measurement Error, Data Editing, Nonresponse , Actor Network Theory, Qualitative Data Coding, Descriptive Statistics, Statistical Theory and Methods of Inference, Social Network Analysis, Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Mixed Methods Approaches (other), Quantitative Software, Conference Posters and Presentations, Data Visualisation

Related publications and presentations:

Digital Social Research
Mixing qualitative and quantitative approaches
Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research
Data Collection
Data Management
Quality in Qualitative Research
Quality in Quantitative Research
Measurement Error
Data Editing
Actor Network Theory
Qualitative Data Coding
Descriptive Statistics
Statistical Theory and Methods of Inference
Social Network Analysis
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Mixed Methods Approaches (other)
Quantitative Software
Conference Posters and Presentations
Data Visualisation

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